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Stevensville Toddler Drowns in Bitterroot River Log Jam

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STEVENSVILLE -

A three-year-old Stevensville boy lost his life Saturday morning, hours after authorities say he became trapped under a log jam in the Bitterroot River.

Chris Hoffman, the Ravalli County Sheriff/Coroner, identifies the toddler as Tristan Iverson.

Hoffman says the young boy was floating the Bitterroot on an inflatable raft with his father and six-year-old brother Friday afternoon, when they came to fork in the river just north of Bell Crossing fishing access between Victor and Stevensville.

The father told sheriff's deputies when they came to the fork, they tried to paddle to shore to avoid a log jam, but the raft hit a log and flipped, throwing him and his two sons into the water, under the jam.

Hoffman says the father and the older son surfaced under the log jam, but the toddler remained trapped underneath. The father searched for him for several minutes, pulled him out from under the log jam and began CPR while a bystander called 9-1-1.

Emergency responders transported the boy to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton where he was pronounced dead early Saturday morning.

The boy's name is being withheld as the Sheriff continues to notify family members.
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